Saint for the Day - August 8 - Blessed Peter
Born in 1506 of poor
Savoyard shepherds, Peter, at his earnest request,
was sent to school, and in after years to the
University of Paris. His college friends were St.
Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Ignatius
found the young man's heart ready for his thoughts
of apostolic zeal; Peter became his first companion,
and in the year of England's revolt was ordained the
first priest of the new Society of Jesus. From that
day to the close of his life he was ever in the van
of the Church's struggles with falsehood and sin.
Boldly facing heresy in Germany, he labored not less
diligently to rouse up the dormant faith and charity
of Catholic courts and Catholic lands. The odor of
Blessed Peter's virtues drew after him into religion
the Duke of Gandia, Francis Borgia, and a young
student of Nimeguen, Peter Canisius, both to become
Saints like their master.
The Pope, Paul III., had chosen Blessed Favre to be
his theologian at the Council of Trent, and King
John III., of Portugal, wished to send him as
patriarch and apostle into Abyssinia. Sick and worn
with labor, but obedient unto death, the father
hastened back to Rome, where his last illness came
upon him. He died, in his fortieth year, as one
would wish to die, in the very arms of his best
friend and spiritual father, St. Ignatius.
Saint for the Day - Blessed Peter Favre
Read about the Saint for today - August 8 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
As the body sinks under fatigue
unless supported by food, so
external works, however holy,
wear rut the soul which is not
regularly nourished by prayer.
In the most crowded day we can
make time briefly and secretly
to lift our soul to God and draw
new strength from Him.
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